Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Inspired Reflections

It was my girlfriend's nutritionist that said to her: "it looks as though your career has taken many unexpected turns, I hope you're doing what makes you happy." Of course, her tone was enthused, a supportive person she is. During the newscasts of Steve Job's many inspiring moments, the one that most stood out to me was much in the same vein. It was the famed Stanford commencement speech of 2005 in which he reflects "I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" Amazingly, I have no idea how to answer that question. As a trained architect in a struggling real estate environment, I've been thrown many curve balls, not least of which is lack of a paycheck, despite my best efforts. I have passion for design of all fronts, as I imagine Steve did. I know right now I am at a stage of being able to both do anything I want, and unable to do anything. There's always that constant internal battle which nags, 'is this the right path for me? Will it be pleasurable? Will I be prosperous?' But, finally, we can only conclude, after a life which certainly has had it's trials, and the amazing accomplishments that have risen from it, Steve made his destiny without these hesitations, and the only statement we can make with pure confidence is: We Will Not Know Until We Try.

Rest peacefully, SJ
Hope I'm not just jumping the bandwagon~